Arm Lift New Jersey

Arm Lift New JerseyMany women seek consultation to correct loose skin in their upper arms which causes them embarrassment and prompts them to wear long sleeves. This can be caused by extra fat or most commonly, loose skin, particularly after weight loss. The skin has lost its elasticity and requires an arm lift to tighten it.

What is an Arm Lift?

The arm lift, also known as a Brachiolplasty, reduces the excess skin and fat of the upper arm resulting in a smoother shape, a more toned appearance and a better proportion. Over time, the skin may begin to sag creating a loose appearance and in some instances, a “bat wing” appearance or the dreaded double wave. The loose skin can be caused by weight loss, or it may be associated with heredity or aging. An arm lift reduces and tightens the skin between the underarm (arm pit) and the elbow restoring a more youthful appearance, increased self confidence and improved self-image.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

This procedure is often performed on patients who have a large amount of sagging skin or fat, and/ or have lost a great deal of weight. Liposuction alone may be an alternative if there is good skin tone but excess fat. Candidates are generally healthy, they are at or near an ideal weight and they have the following:

  • Weight loss resulting in excess upper arm skin and fat
  • Reduced upper arm skin elasticity result in sagging

What are the Types of Arm Lift Procedures?

Minimal Scar Arm Lift New Jersey
Minimal Scar Lift Before/ After

Minimal Scar Arm Lift: This form of arm lift is best when the excess skin is restricted to the upper arm near the axilla (arm pit). The extra skin can be removed horizontally rather than vertically as done in the traditional arm lift, and tucked up in the under-arm region. This is usually combined with liposuction and results in a scar that is confined to the axilla. A second advantage to this procedure is that it removes almost all the hair under the arm. This may be an option for you if you are concerned about a visible scar.

Traditional Arm Lift New Jersey
Traditional Arm Lift Before/After

Traditional Arm Lift: This form of arm lift is most commonly performed. It removes excess skin from the arm pit to the elbow. Liposuction is neede if excess fat is present. The skin is trimmed and tightened afterwards. This surgery results in a scar that is visible along the inner surface of the arm, but may be the best option available.

Extended Arm Lift: This form of arm lift is needed in the massive weight loss patient to address excess skin on the arm, and chest, and may be combined with a breast lift. An extended arm lift includes a traditional arm lift but the incision and scar extend from the arm pit down along the side of the chest to the breast fold or lower.

An armlift is performed as an outpatient procedure and typically requires 2-4 hours*.

What is the Recovery?

The length and process of recovery is different for everyone. Swelling is the most common short term issue, and may last for several weeks. There may be some swelling in your hands resulting from gravity and daily use, but this disappears spontaneously. Dr. Friedlander recommends compressive wraps, for up to 6 weeks, and elevation to help reduce swelling. Generally 2-4 weeks out of work is needed for recovery, but the exact time will depend on the nature of the work you do as well as the surgery performed. There is no strenuous activity or working out for 4-6 weeks after the procedure. The improvement achieved with an arm lift is long lasting, and visible immediately after the surgery. The scars fade over time becoming less noticeable. Dr. Friedlander will provide specific recommendations during your consultation to ensure your best recovery*.

What Are the Risks?

All surgeries carry certain risks. Dr. Friedlander will discuss the risks with you during your consultation. Arm lifts are generally safe but the risks may include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Altered sensation
  • Swelling
  • Seroma
  • Possible need for revision surgery

For more details and to find out if an arm lift is right for you please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at 973-912-9120. You may also use our online consultation tool provided on this page.

* = Results may vary


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Beverly Friedlander MD